Color Fade Birthday Cake

White to Red Fade Cake

When it’s your birthday you probably don’t want to make your own birthday cake.  But this year, I really wanted to try and make a fade cake, like I’ve seen on Pinterest boards.  The skill level for the fade cake is low to medium.  Nothing hard that even an inexperienced baker can’t handle.  The three flavors that I chose for my cake were white, strawberry, and red velvet.  I’ve always loved strawberry cakes for my birthdays and conveniently, strawberry and red velvet flavors come as prepackaged cake mixes.  If you want to get really creative or up the skill factor for your fade cake, try flavors and color combinations that you can’t buy at the store.

To make the cakes, follow the directions on the back of the boxes, adding eggs, water, and oil.  I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for my cakes.  The trick for using the coconut oil with the cold eggs is to mix the cake, eggs, and water together until it’s a pretty smooth texture, then add semi-soft coconut oil and keep mixing.  I did this with all three cakes and they came out wonderfully.  And I didn’t even use an electric mixer, just a good old egg beater.

After making each of the three cakes, I froze mine because it wasn’t party time for another 3 days.  However, if your party is sooner, make sure all the cakes have cooled completely before icing them.  I also made my icing with 1 bag confectioner’s sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1 tbsp vanilla extract.  Mix all ingredients until a creamy icing texture.  After making the icing, I took about 1/4 cup of the white icing and added 3-4 drops red food coloring, until the icing was close to the red velvet color.  Then I iced the top of the red velvet cake and placed the strawberry cake on top of it.  With the red icing that remained, I added just a little bit more white icing, to make light pink icing.  The pink icing topped the strawberry cake and then the final white cake layer was added.  The whole cake was iced with the bright white icing.  In my case, it could have used an extra layer of icing because my icing looked more like a glaze than a frosting.  But I was running out of time by the time I finally put the whole cake together.

Decorate your cake with candles and birthday sayings and serve!  Your guests will love a triple layer colorful and flavorful homemade birthday cake!  I know my guests did.  Everyone kept commenting on how delicious it was and no one said anything about any coconut flavor because coconut oil doesn’t make your food taste like coconuts!   Now if you want to try a cake made with something really funky, you can try this ultra healthy chick pea cake that Alison made me for my birthday.  She told me before I bit into it that it was made from chick peas, so I thought it had a slightly chick pea taste, but I bet if I hadn’t known, I’d think it was the best chocolate, fudgy cake I’ve tried in a long time.

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